Title: Topic Maps for polyscopic structuring of information

Authors: Tommy W. Nordeng, Rolf Guescini, Dino Karabeg

Addresses: Cerpus AS, 8342 Alsvag, Norway. ' Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Oslo N-0316, Norway. ' Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Postbox 1080 Blindern, Oslo N- 0316, Norway

Abstract: In this paper, we argue that information overload is caused by fragmented information with no high-level information helping to assemble the fragments into meaningful wholes. We argue that a methodological approach is needed to propose the Polyscopic Modelling as a possible way to organise information into meaningful wholes. We also look at how polyscopy could be implemented by using Topic Maps (TM) and discuss the possibility of creating design patterns on the basis of the proposed methodology to help the everyday users in their informing.

Keywords: topic maps; information design; polyscopy; contextualisation; semantic web; flexplearn; e-learning; e-portfolio; brainbank learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2006.008916

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2006 Vol.16 No.1/2, pp.35 - 49

Available online: 03 Feb 2006

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